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Convention 2018 Agenda

Each year, representatives from around our diocese gather to review and discuss issues, policies and structures. While voting representatives and alternates must pre-register to attend Convention, anyone is welcome to attend as an observer. Registered attendees receive packets of information and meals during the two-day meeting.

February 23rd

  • Registration Opens 8:00am
  • Opening Eucharist 9:00am
  • Sessions 1 10:30am
  • Session II 1:30pm
  • Youth @ Convention Event Begins 5:00pm
  • Reception & Banquet 5:30pm

February 24th

  • Morning Worship 8:45am
  • Workshops 9:30am
  • Session III 10:40am
  • Close of Business 12pm
  • Youth Event Ends 2pm

Special Guest: Rt. Rev. Clifton “Dan” Daniel III

We are excited to welcome the Rt. Rev. Clifton “Dan” Daniel III as our guest at the 150th Diocesan Convention. He will celebrate and preach at the Opening Eucharist on Friday morning. Clifton Daniel III is a bishop of The Episcopal Church and Interim Dean of the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in Spanish and Education. He attended Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, graduating with a Masters in Divinity in 1972. He has received Doctor of Divinity Degrees from Virginia Seminary and the University of the South. As bishop he has served the Diocese of East Carolina (in the State of North Carolina) and the Diocese of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia). As a priest, prior to becoming a bishop he served parishes in North Carolina, Ohio and Rhode Island. He currently serves on the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church; as President of the Board of The General Theological Seminary, New York City; and on the Board of The Church Pension Group, New York City. He is an Officer Brother of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem. Bishop Daniel and his wife Anne (deceased) have three married daughters and four grandchildren, all living in New York City.


Workshop #1: Finding DIAKONIA: The Future of Servant Leadership in the Diocese of Easton
Diakonia (servant ministry) is not exclusive to those who wear collars. Our baptismal covenant calls all Christians to live out their diakonia in the world. However, many dioceses throughout the Episcopal Church are coming to appreciate the diaconate (office of deacon) as a vital and enduring order of servant leadership, and are exploring creative ways to set apart and deploy ordained vocational deacons to realize this end. This seminar, conducted by members of the Commission on Ministry, will focus on what a “call” to the vocational diaconate looks like, and how a renewed diaconal order may shape the future of our diocese.

Workshop #2: Reconciliation, Love and Hope
This workshop will attempt to bring together descendants of those who were once enslaved with descendants of those who once owned/enslaved others. This discussion will seek to help us better undestand how our actions today can have an impact on future generations of those who will come after us. As we kick off our 150th Anniversary Celebration, we want to be mindful of our history as we look towards and work for our next 150 years as a diocese.

Workshop #3: Church Beyond the Walls: The New Envisioning of Missional Ministry in the Diocese
The Rev. Dr. Barbara Anne Fisher, the appointed Missioner: Church Beyond the Walls for the diocese of Easton, will provide an overview of what it means to participate in missional ministry beyond the walls of the church. Time will be provided for participants to begin the process of envisioning opportunities within their communities for missional ministry development, and to schedule an initial parish visit.